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5 Dead, 197 Ill in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

On Friday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an additional 25 people have become ill from eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli. Since the beginning of the E. coli outbreak in March of this year, five people have died and 197 people have been ill.

About the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

According to CNN, E. coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.

The symptoms of E. coli generally occur about three to four days after a person first consumes the bacteria. The symptoms can include, but are not limited to watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. The CDC reports that people generally get better within five to seven days after their symptoms begin.

Although there were 197 reports, only 187 of them had any information on what happened to the patients while they were sick. 48 percent of those that fell ill had been hospitalized, including 26 individuals who had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include, fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Most people recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.

FDA Joins E. Coli Investigation

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have also been investigating this outbreak alongside the CDC, and they believe that the probable cause for these outbreaks came from the winter growing areas in and around Yuma, Arizona.

The FDA stated that “The traceback investigation indicates that the illnesses associated with this outbreak cannot be explained by a single grower, harvester, processor, or distributor. While traceback continues, the FDA will focus on trying to identify factors that contributed to contamination of romaine across multiple supply chains.” The lettuce from this area is no longer available in stores, or restaurants.

This E. coli outbreak is the largest of its kind since the E. coli outbreak of 2006 where 199 people were reported to have been sick from consuming spinach. However, unlike spinach which is often cooked, romaine and lettuce are more common culprits in E. coli outbreaks because it’s eaten raw.

Tips to avoid E. coli

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid E. coli infections.

  1. Thoroughly cook all of your food especially meat
  2. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and juices
  3. Do not swallow the water when swimming
  4. Wash your hands regularly

Statistics on E. coli E. coli infections

  1. Anywhere from 11 to 28 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to consume ground beef raw or uncooked.
  2. CDC counted at least 75 outbreaks associated with beef over the five-year period between 2009 and 2013. Of those, 35 percent were caused by E. coli.
  3. E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen most commonly associated with ground beef, causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths in the U.S. each year.
  4. CDC tracked 391 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks in the 10 years between 2003 and 2012. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of illness, with 1,274 (26 percent) hospitalizations, 300 (6 percent) cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 34 deaths.
  5. Food is by far the most common source of E. coli O157:H7, accounting for 65 percent of cases. The other major sources of E. coli are animal contact (10 percent) and person-to-person transmission (10 percent).
  6. The most common food source for E. coli turns out to be beef, which has been implicated in 55 percent of E. coli outbreaks.
  7. CDC also tracked more E. coli outbreaks from 2003-2012 than in the previous 20 years.

Contact an Experienced Food Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Hormel Recalls 220,000 Pounds of Spam for Metal Fragments, Injuries Reports

Hormel Food Corp. is recalling 228,614 pounds of canned meat products following reports of metal objects being found in the products and consumers suffering oral injuries from the fragments.

About the Spam Recall

According to Fortune, the recall affects canned meat products, including Spam, sold in the United States and Guam. Hormel has received multiple reports of consumers suffering tooth and oral injuries after eating meat containing metal objects.

Anyone who has suffered injuries or is concerned about possible injuries or illnesses resulting from consumption of the recalled products is urged to contact their healthcare provider.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and should return the food items to their place of purchase.

Description of the Recalled Canned Meat Products

The recalled canned pork and chicken products were produced on February 8 through February 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date.
  • Affected production codes include:
    • F020881
    • F020882
    • F020883
    • F020884
    • F020885
    • F020886
    • F020887
    • F020888
    • F020889
  • These products were shipped throughout the United States.
  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were shipped to Guam only.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can. These items were shipped throughout the United States and to Guam.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce Vehicles Recalled for Fire Hazard

BMW of North America has issued a recall for nearly 50,000 BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce cars and SUVs after determining a manufacturer defect could lead to vehicle fires.

Details of the BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce Recalls

According to Consumer Reports, the recall affects 47,806 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model-years.

Recall records indicate the auxiliary water pump in the recalled vehicles can fail and cause a circuit board to overheat. This overheating could in turn lead to a fire.

The automaker is recommending that owners of the recalled vehicles park the cars and SUVs outside until proper repairs can be made.

Affected owners can expect to be notified beginning June 11, 2018. A second notification will be sent when repair parts become available. Owners can also contact BMW, Mini, or Rolls-Royce directly.

Vehicles Affected by the Recall

The following vehicle models are among those listed in the BMW recall:

  • BMW 550i
  • BMW 550i xDrive
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo xDrive
  • BMW 650i Coupe
  • BMW 650i xDrive Coupe
  • BMW 650i Convertible
  • BMW 650i xDrive Convertible
  • BMW 750i
  • BMW 750Li
  • BMW 750i xDrive
  • BMW 750Li xDrive
  • BMW 760Li
  • BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • BMW X5 M
  • BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • BMW X6 M
  • BMW X6 Hybrid
  • BMW ActiveHybrid7
  • MINI Cooper S Convertible
  • MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible
  • MINI Cooper S Countryman
  • MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4
  • MINI Cooper S
  • MINI JCW
  • MINI Cooper S Clubman
  • MINI JCW Clubman MINI Cooper S Roadster
  • MINI JCW Roadster
  • MINI Cooper S Coupe
  • MINI JCW Coupe
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost

Contact an Experienced Car Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 5 Million Vehicles; Cruise Control May Not Turn Off

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for roughly 4.8 million vehicles saying a defect could leave drivers unable to turn off their cruise control.

About the Fiat Chrysler Cruise Control Defect

According to Consumer Reports, the defect affects Fiat Chrysler’s most popular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models.

The automaker notes that a software glitch can cause the recalled vehicles’ main computer to misinterpret signals from other computer modules, causing sudden, unexpected acceleration while the vehicle is in cruise control. Additionally, while drivers could normally disengage cruise control by tapping the brakes or pushing a button, the vehicles in question may continue to accelerate despite driver action.

Drivers of affected vehicles are urged to discontinue use of their vehicles’ cruise control systems until repairs have been made.

Should a driver find themselves in a situation in which their vehicle’s cruise control is failing to deactivate, Consumer Reports suggest they avoid panicking and stop their vehicle as they normally would – by applying the brakes. Once safely stopped, drivers should be able to place their vehicle in park.

In a case where the vehicle will not stop, drivers can shift their vehicle into neutral.

Vehicles Affected by the Fiat Chrysler Cruise Control Recall

The following vehicles are covered by the Fiat Chrysler recall:

  • 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
  • 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
  • 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
  • 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
  • 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
  • 2014-18 Dodge Journey SUV
  • 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (select JK and JL versions)
  • 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
  • 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Jury Recommends $25 Million in Johnson and Johnson Lawsuit

A woman was recently awarded $25 million in a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson and other defendants. The woman claimed she developed cancer from using Johnson and Johnson baby powder.

Woman Developed Mesothelioma After Using J&J Baby Powder

According to NBC News, jurors recommended $4 million in punitive damage last Thursday, saying that the company acted with malice, oppression and fraud. The day before, the jury had called for $21.7 million in compensatory damages for the plaintiff who suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Johnson and Johnson beared the brunt of the verdict and was assigned to pay 67% of the compensation. The remainder was distributed among other defendants.

Johnson and Johnson said that they will appeal the decision. In a recent statement, Johnson and Johnson stated “We will continue to defend the safety of our product because it does not contain asbestos or cause mesothelioma.”

Plaintiff’s Claims Extends Beyond Injuries

The plaintiff said that the company failed to warn her and other consumers that the product contained asbestos and could cause cancer. The plaintiff’s attorney stated that Johnson & Johnson “engaged in a multi-decade campaign wherein they hid testing data from regulators, altered reports to make them more favorable and lied to consumers.”

Similar allegations have been levied in other lawsuits against the New Jersey based company.

Last year, a judge in Los Angeles tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene. Still, the company denies any wrongdoing.

“Over the past 50 years, multiple independent, non-litigation driven scientific evaluations have been conducted by respected academic institutions and government bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and none have found that the talc in Johnson’s Baby Powder contains asbestos,” the company said Thursday

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you believe you believe exposure to talcum powder has contributed to a serious injury or illness, contact Thomas J. Henry. Defective product lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

Jané Recalls Stroller for Entrapment, Strangulation Hazard

Jané has issued a nationwide recall for 800 Muum strollers after determining the strollers pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

Details of the Jané Muum Stroller Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a design defect can allow infants to pass through the opening between the stroller armrest and the seat bottom. Additionally, the infant’s head and neck can become entrapped by the armrest, creating a strangulation hazard.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled strollers and contact Jané for a free repair. In the meantime, consumers may continue using the strollers if they remove the armrest and properly harness their children.

The recalled strollers were sold at Albee Baby, Baby World, Kidsland, Toys R Us, Dainty Baby, USA Baby stores and other stores nationwide. They were also sold online at Amazon.com and other websites.

Description of the Recalled Jané Muum Strollers

The following information was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • The recalled strollers have a black frame and a reclining seat or hammock that is reversible and a hood.
  • The strollers were sold in several color combinations, including:
    • Dark gray and black
    • Light gray and black
    • Blue and black
    • Green and black
  • “Muum by Jane” is printed on the front bottom of the frame, and “Muum” is printed on the side of the frame and on the handle.
  • “Jané USA LLC,” “Muum US 5399US/S85” or “S47,” “S49,” “S46” are printed on a label on the leg of the stroller.

Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney

If your child was injured by a defective or unsafe stroller, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys have represented children across the country who have been injured by toys, stroller, and products that are dangerous and unfit to be around children

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today if your child was hurt by an unsafe product — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.

Teen Develops Wet Lung After Smoking E-Cigarettes

An 18-year-old woman who had been working as a hostess in a rural Pennsylvania town has been admitted to the hospital last year for respiratory failure. The cause of her condition is believed to be e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes Blames for Teenager Suffering Wet Lung

According to Reuters, the young lady, whose name has not been mentioned for confidentiality reasons, said she had been smoking the e-cigarettes for three weeks before she began to feel sick.

After visiting the hospital, the teen was checked into the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center where doctors began to record her issues. The doctors recorded her symptoms as a cough, difficulty breathing that was gradually worsening, and sudden stabbing pains in the chest with every inhalation and exhalation.

Although she was not yet feverish, she showed no upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose or nasal congestion. The teen did tell the doctors that she did have mild asthma, but it rarely ever caused her problems where she would need her inhaler.

After a few days, and her coughing became more frequent, the doctors checked her into the pediatric hospital and started her on antibiotics. However, despite this her condition worsened. Soon, the young woman experienced what is commonly known as respiratory failure, said Dr. Daniel Weiner, one of the patient’s doctors, a co-author of the new report and a medical director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.

“She was unable to get enough oxygen into her blood from her lungs and required a mechanical ventilator (respirator) to breathe for her until her lungs recovered,” Weiner said.

Not only did the young lady require a breathing machine, she needed tubes inserted on both sides of her chest to drain fluid from her lungs. Her doctors diagnosed her with “wet lung”, an inflammation of the lungs due to an allergic reaction to chemicals or dust.

E-Cigarette Patient Becomes Subject of Case Study

Dr. Casey Sommerfeld, the patient’s pediatrician and lead author of a case study of the patient, said chemicals in the e-cigarettes led to lung damage and inflammation, which triggered the woman’s body to mount an immune response.

After all of this, she was given methylprednisolone, a drug used to treat severe allergic reactions. She began to improve swiftly and was soon weaned off of the medical support system

E-cigarettes have been the subject of controversy since gaining popularity as lawmakers and critics claim they target young consumers. The devices are made to look just like a regular cigarette that lights up on the end when inhaled. It uses e-juice, as the nicotine and has many different flavorings that can be used for example(cherry, grape, etc.).

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

Florida Man Killed by Exploding Vape Pen

A 38-year-old man was fatally injured when his vape pen exploded in what is believed to be one of the deaths to be attributed to an e-cigarette explosion.

Vape Pen Kills Man, Starts Small Fire

According the Washington Post, Tallmadge D’Elia was found May 5 in a burning bedroom of his family’s home in St. Petersburg, Florida. An autopsy suggests D’Elia was killed when his electronic cigarette exploded, sending projectiles into his head.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner noted that at least two pieces of the exploded vape pen were sent into D’Elia’s head and that the victim had also sustained burns to about 80 percent of his body.

The e-cigarette was described as a “mod”-type pen distributed by a company called Smok-E Mountain. The vape pen was manufactured in the Philippines.

A representative for Smok-E Mountain told reporters that they believe the explosion was caused

Nearly 200 Fires and Explosions Blamed on E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that between 2009 and 2016 there were at least 195 incidents in which e-cigarettes exploded or caught fire. The incidents resulted in 133 injures, 38 of which were considered severe.

The U.S. Fire Administration found that the explosion usually occurred suddenly and without warning. The explosions were often accompanied by a loud noise, a flash of light, smoke, flames, and the ejection of the battery and other parts. 128 of the incidents involved fires.

Currently, there are no regulations that apply to the safety of the electronic mechanics or batteries of electronic cigarettes.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

Munchkin Recalls Waterpede Bath Toys for Choking Hazard

Munchkin Inc. has issued a nationwide recall for its Waterpede children’s bath toys after determining the products can pose a choking hazard to small children.

Details of the Munchkin Waterpede Recall

According to the CPSC, the recall affects 72,000 Munchkin Waterpede children’s bath toys that can break apart exposing small parts, posing a choking risk to young children.

Consumers should take the bath toys away from children immediately and contact Munchkin for a free replacement toy of a comparable value.

Recalled units were sold at Babies R Us, Target, and other stores nationwide and online at munchkin.com between September 2015 and January 2018. Individual units were sold for $5 to $8.

Description of the Recalled Bath Toys

The following information was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • The recalled bath toys are one piece, multi-colored Centipedes.
  • The toy allows water to be scooped from the top, and flow through the chambers at the bottom.
  • The bath toy is made of plastic and is marketed for children six-months and up.

Contact an Experienced Defective Toy Injury Attorney

If your child was injured by a defective or unsafe toy, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys have represented children across the country who have been injured by toys that are dangerous and unfit to be around children. Parents should not have to fear for their child’s well-being and safety when playing with a toy. Manufacturers are tasked with providing safe toys and clear instructions.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today if your child was hurt by an unsafe toy — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.

Hauck Fun For Kids Recalls Go-Karts, Injuries Reports

Hauck Fun For Kids has issued a recall for about 26,300 Nerf Battle Racer go-karts following reports that steering wheels can detach. Injuries have been reported in connection with the defect.

About the Hauck Fun For Kids Go-Kart Recall

According to the U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the steering wheels on the Nerf Battle Racer go-karts can detach, break, or crack while the go-karts are in use, posing laceration and collision hazards to young children.

The CPSC reports that Hauck has received 639 reports of steering wheels detaching, breaking, or cracking. One report involved lacerations to a child’s face requiring stitches, and another incident resulted in scrapes to a child’s chest.

The recalled go-karts were sold at Orsheln Farm, Shopko, Target, Toys R Us, and Wal-Mart stroes nationwide and online at Amazon.cim and Fingerhut.com from January 2016 to march 2017. The go-karts were sold for $200 to $300.

Description of the Recalled Nerf Go-Karts

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recalled Nerf Battle racers are four-wheel pedal powered go-karts designed for children between the ages 4 and 10.
  • The “Nerf” logo is printed on each side of the go-kart and is etched into the black seat.
  • The number T91869 and the date of manufacture is printed on a white sticker placed on the underside of the seat.
  • The recall only affects go-karts manufactured between January 2016 and March 207.

Contact an Experienced Defective Toy Injury Lawyer

If your child was injured by a defective or unsafe toy, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys have represented children across the country who have been injured by toys that are dangerous and unfit to be around children. Parents should not have to fear for their child’s well-being and safety when playing with a toy. Manufacturers are tasked with providing safe toys and clear instructions.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today if your child was hurt by an unsafe toy — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.

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